Dozens of Secret Service personnel were instructed to self-quarantine as a precaution against the coronavirus following President Donald Trump’s rally last week n Tulsa, Okla., according to a report.
Staff who were on-site at last weekend’s rally received the quarantine order after two of their colleagues tested positive for coronavirus, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
According to the Post, the two Secret Service agents who tested positive did not attend the rally but had been at a Friday planning meeting with other agents.
Those agents continued to work at the rally even though they may have been exposed.
“No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials,’ campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh had claimed Saturday.
Yet, the Secret Service warned all employees who worked in Tulsa to isolate after they returned from the weekend trip.
The Secret Service’s field office in Tulsa has reportedly established testing for local staffers to determine if they had contracted coronavirus while working on the rally.
According to CNN, an email was sent out to agents on Wednesday telling them they must now be tested 24 to 48 hours before a presidential trip.
‘We want to make sure that we have a healthy workforce and that we are protecting our people,’ an official told CNN. ‘This is good common sense.’